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For over two years now I have been taking calls for a Mitchell Basta, or Vasta. Who is he? No idea. Why am I taking his calls? Because, somehow, my mobile number has become his. At first, because the messages were pre-recorded with a pleasant female, foreign accented, voice and there was no one to … Continue reading The strange and curious case of Mitchell Basta/Vasta
The writing has about it clarity and beauty. Jon made much of his living since returning to Australia as a comedian. As you would expect, a dry Australian humour permeates the narrative and lightens the serious themes. Buy your Return Ticket to Jack Muir’s story; it is an entertaining and thought-provoking journey. Click on Thoughts Provocateurs for … Continue reading A life redeemed
Jon Doust’s Return Ticket continues the journey of Jack Muir from a private boarding school in Perth to the New Guinea Highlands and now on board a passenger ship heading for Durban, South Africa. Jack’s journey is bookmarked by washing up ─ hands thrust into hot water, raw skin, stacking and sorting, cleaning up the … Continue reading A master class in kitchen organisation
A Seriously Good Read
Jack Muir is restless, an adventurer, idealist and dreamer.
He flees Genoralup, the stiﬂing country town where his future was assured, to jump ship and certain danger in Durban, South Africa, and then ﬂy to uncertain danger and a kibbutz in Israel.
From a country full of hate and violence to the place he will meet his first love, it is a war and the unexpected gift of two mothers that will change the course of Jack’s life…
As an old man Jack makes a pilgrimage that helps him rediscover the brotherhood of the kibbutzniks – it is the return ticket that helps him understand the true meaning of love at journey’s end.
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Available March 2020 from Fremantle Press
What makes this book unputdownable is the way despite the risks, Jack refuses to comply with apartheid laws…
An unforgettable book.Lisa Hall, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog, January 2020
It is 1968. All around the world people are marching, protesting, fighting for freedom and free love. Jack Muir arrives in the islands fresh out of Grammar School: a failure, a virgin, and a reluctant employee of The Colonial Bank of Australia.
Life in the islands is raw, sensuous, real. Here, you may take what you want, especially if you are white. But the veneer of whiteness is a flimsy one, and brutality never far from the surface.
To be free, you must set free. So says George Kanluna, future leader of the islands. Yet there is a world of difference between freedom, and those things you unleash in others – and in yourself.
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Depicting the full spectrum of adolescent alienation, this engaging, coming-of-age narrative is a humorous blend of novel and memoir. A sensitive, quick-witted boy from a small town, Jack Muir adores his mother, yearns for affection from his father, and lives in the shadow of his accomplished brother. Sent to a boarding school at a young age, Jack must quickly decide what sort of person he will be—the type that succumbs to the pressure of bullies and the school system or the type that fights back, using clever banter and intellect to get by. With a unique and authentic voice, this darkly humorous tale portrays the road to depression as seen through the naiveté of youth.
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And don’t forget his earlier novels for younger readers, two books he co-wrote with Ken Spillman.
Magpie Mischief is a delightfully irreverent story about a group of school kids who gang together and take on the City Council to protect the magpies nesting in the trees outside their school. The pro-magpie and anti-magpie lobbies lock horns in a hilarious story that will appeal to 8-10 year old readers, and while entertaining them will acquaint them with conservation and empowerment issues, and suggest invative ways of coping with school bullies.
Trouble is brewing in the Shire of Serventy. Hoons in hotted up cars have started treating the roads around the primary school like a racing circuit. A gate is snapped clean off its hinges. The oval is pripped raw by drag racers..
Anything could happen in this second exciting Serventy Kids adventure – and it probably will!